Discover Chinatown Heritage Centre

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Step back in time at Chinatown Heritage Centre and retrace the footsteps of some of Singapore’s early pioneers.

Set within three beautifully-restored shophouses on Pagoda Street, the Chinatown Heritage Centre recreates the original interiors of the 1950s, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinatown's early residents.

Photo by Chinatown Heritage Centre Pte Ltd

At the centre you can explore the living quarters, shops and even nightlife of these early settlers. Every object here tells a story, providing a fascinating insight into some of the people who helped build this modern city.

Photo by Chinatown Heritage Centre Pte Ltd

You can retrace the journey of those who left their villages in China to escape famine, floods and unrest and headed to Singapore to seek a better life. Most of them settled south of the Singapore River, giving birth to Chinatown.

Many of them risked their lives to get here, and you’ll be able to get a first-hand view of what they endured as you explore the cosy rooms and narrow passages of the building. 

Photo by Chinatown Heritage Centre Pte Ltd

The centre reopened in early 2016 after an extensive refurbishment, providing new temporary exhibition areas and space for community events. Even better, you can now sample renowned local food at Old Chang Kee’s Curry Times, and pick up limited edition souvenirs by local designers such as Doe & Audrey and My Paper Earrings. 

The refurbished centre also brings the Chinatown story up to date, with new exhibitions on the area from the 1960s onwards. It also features the fascinating tale of the Kongs, a family who used to live in the exact same building before it was transformed into the heritage centre you can enjoy now. 

There has never been a better time to visit the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir on your way out!